Porridge and oats

It’s national porridge day! Did you know that porridges actually date back to 7000 BCE when early man started planting seeds and nurturing them? Their diet relied on cereal grains such as oats. They would often grind oats in quern-stones and boil it in water to make a paste.

Since we are in the 21st century, making porridges are simpler. Here are 5 classic porridge recipes that you can try for yourself and your little ones.

Classic porridges are usually made up of oats and milk. But here are some variations that you can add to spice it up!

  1. Baked Apple Pudding Porridge
  2. Nutella Porridge
  3. Banana Porridge
  4. Pecan Pie Porridge
  5. Peach & Toasted Almonds Porridge

1. Baked Apple Pudding Porridge

An apple a day keeps the doctor away! A simple baked apple pudding porridge can start your day with the nostalgic feeling of home. Simply top up a bowl of plain oatmeal with chopped apple slices, a tablespoon of cinnamon powder, and some raisins!

Heat the apple and raisins for 5 minutes with a drizzle of honey!

Recipe adapted from Women’s Health

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2. Nutella Porridge

Nutella is a huge favourite among kids! Give yourself and your little ones an occasional treat with a healthy Nutella porridge breakfast. Simply make a bowl of oats and add hazelnut milk, then add in a tablespoon of cacao nibs!

Recipe adapted from Women’s Health

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3. Banana Porridge

Try this banana-based porridge that is a great after-exercise meal. Simply add a sliced banana, 1 tablespoon of cacao nibs, and drizzle on some agave nectar.

Recipe adapted from Women’s Health

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4. Pecan Pie Porridge

Add pecan pie to your porridge to spice up your usual bowl. After preparing your bowl of porridge, stir a tablespoon of maple syrup and add in some chopped pecan nuts! It is a simple and quick meal to start off your morning!

Recipe adapted from Women’s Health

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5. Peach & Toasted Almonds Porridge

For this recipe, start off by preparing your porridge with oats and milk. Simply put 2 tablespoons of flaked almonds into a frying pan over medium heat and toss it when the almonds are slightly toasted. Top up your porridge bowl with ½ cup of drained peach juice and your toasted almonds!

Recipe adapted from Healthy Food Guide

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Porridges are simple to make and with a dash of variations, this classic staple is sure to start off your day right!

References

  1. McAlpine, Fraser. “5 British Breakfasts From History.” BBC America, 3 Sept. 2015, www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2015/03/5-british-breakfasts-from-history.
  2. Head, Alice. “26 Easy Porridge Recipes That’ll Transform Your Breakfast.” Women’s Health, 8 Jan. 2019, www.womenshealthmag.com/uk/food/a707066/porridge-recipes/.
  3. Wallman, Nikki. “1 Classic Recipe 9 Variations: Porridge.” Australian Healthy Food Guide, 18 Apr. 2016, www.healthyfoodguide.com.au/recipes/2011/july/1-classic-recipe-9-variations-porridge.